Evian pick up vital point
Clarck N'Sikulu grabbed a last-gasp leveller for Evian as they picked up a vital point in a 2-2 draw against relegation rivals Reims.
Last Updated: 30/03/13 9:57pm
Clarck N'Sikulu grabbed a last-gasp leveller for Evian as they picked up a vital point against relegation rivals Reims.
The attacker popped up in the third minute of added time for the home side as they recovered from two goals down at the Parc des Sports.
Floyd Ayite put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes before he saw red three minutes later for a dangerous tackle.
Gaetan Courtet put the visitors two up after 67 minutes. Yannick Sagbo pulled a goal back for the home side a minute later before N'Sikulu struck to deny Reims.
With eight matches left, the leveller could mean the difference between relegation and survival, with both sides coming into the match level on 30 points, two clear of third-bottom Sochaux.
Evian recently thumped Sochaux 5-1 before claiming a 2-1 win over Lille ahead of the international break, which moved them two points clear of the drop zone.
Reims were also confident after recent wins over Rennes and Paris St Germain.
Evian were without the suspended Cedric Barbosa and Fabrice Ehret, while Djakaridja Kone will be out for six weeks with an ankle injury.
He has joined the injured Sidney Govou, Diogo Gomes, Herve Bugnet and Aldo Angoula on the sidelines.
Reims were without the suspended Pape Souare, while Florent Ghisolfi, Johny Placide and Odair Fortes were all missing through injury.
The home side started brightly and the visitors needed veteran goalkeeper Kossi Agassa to block Youssef Adnane's fifth-minute effort.
Seven minutes later and the visitors were ahead when Antoine Devaux played in Ayite. He controlled the ball before firing past Bertrand Laquait.
Sadly for Ayite he was to see red just five minutes later for a poor tackle and it looked like it would prove costly as Saber Khelifa and then Daniel Wass went close, with Agassa coming to the visitors'
rescue on both occasions.
Evian continued to have most of the possession after the break before, after 67 minutes, Reims went two up.
An inch-perfect Christopher Glombard cross found Courtet, whose header was too good for Laquait.
Less than 60 seconds later the home were back in the game thanks to Sagbo's near-post header before N'Sikulu rescued a draw for his side with a 20-yard volley.